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Bobby Joe Champion
|Bobby Joe Champion|
|Minnesota State Senate, District 59|
|January 8, 2013 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 58B|
|2009 - 2013|
|J.D.||William Mitchell College of Law|
|Date of birth||December 17, 1963|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Champion served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 58B from 2009 to 2013.
Champion earned his B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College, and his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. His professional experience includes working as a practicing attorney, Assistant Attorney General, and attorney for the Legal Rights Center; and in the music industry for Flyte Tyme Productions.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Champion served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Capital Investment|
|• Finance, Vice-chair|
|• Transportation and Public Safety|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Champion served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Judiciary Policy and Finance|
|• Transportation Policy and Finance|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Champion served on the following committees:
|Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Civil Justice|
Champion's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "Boby (sic) Joe Champion is proud of his 96% lifetime voting record with the Minnesota AFL-CIO and is a strong voice for working families in the Minnesota legislature. Creating good jobs in our community is Bobby Joe Champion's top priority."
- Excerpt: "Quality public schools form the backbone of our community. The Minneapolis public schools continue to face challenges, many of them forced onto us by the state's unwillingness to properly fund our schools. Bobby Joe Champion is an advocate for early childhood education programs, keeping our North Minneapolis schools open, closing the achievement gap, lowering class sizes, and ensuring teachers have the resources they need to educate the diverse student population of our district."
- Excerpt: "The federal health care law has made many important improvements in our health care system. Here in Minnesota, it has allowed us to insure 95,000 more Minnesotans. However, there are still more than 46 million Americans without health care insurance, and roughly 500,000 just in Minnesota."
- Excerpt: "Home foreclosures continue to rip apart our neighborhoods in North Minneapolis. This is an issue that has affected everyone in North Minneapolis, whether you were foreclosed on, or if you have seen boarded up houses depress the value of your home. "
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012
In November 2011, Champion announced he would run for state Senate District 58 in 2012. Current DFL incumbent Linda Higgins announced she would not seek re-election. Champion was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Jim Lilly (R) in the general election on November 6.
|Minnesota State Senate, District 59, General Election, 2012|
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 58B (2010)|
|Bobby Joe Champion (DFL)||6,990||80.79%|
|Gary Mazzotta (R)||1,636||18.91%|
Champion raised $19,919 for his campaign.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 58B (2008)|
|Bobby Joe Champion (DFL)||11,960||80.36%|
|Yoman Brunson (R)||1,912||12.85%|
|Roger Smithrud (I)||939||6.31%|
Comprehensive donor information for Champion is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Champion raised a total of $73,947 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Bobby Joe Champion's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Minnesota Senate, District 59||$37,034|
|2010||Massachusetts House, District 58B||$16,994|
|2008||Massachusetts House, District 58B||$19,919|
|Grand Total Raised||$73,947|
2012Champion won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Champion raised a total of $37,034.
|Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bobby Joe Champion's campaign in 2012|
|Mah Mah Wi No Min||$1,000|
|Teamsters Local 120||$1,000|
|Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59||$500|
|Teamsters Joint Council 32||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$37,034|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Champion received $16,994 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Minnesota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bobby Joe Champion's campaign in 2010|
|Champion, Bobby J||$1,287|
|Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association||$600|
|Minneapolis Federation Of Teachers Local 59||$600|
|Minnesota Association Of Realtors||$600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$16,994|
Taxpayers League of Minnesota
The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."
Champion is married with three children. He has been the Director of Excelsior Choir (which he co-founded), Executive Director of the Midwest Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, and Program Director of Social Spaces with Stairstep Initiative.
- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Champion
- "champion4change," Official Campaign Website
- Twin Cities Daily Planet, "Sen. Higgins won't run after 2012, Champion will," November 27, 2011
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Minnesota State Canvassing Report - State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2012," accessed April 23, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Election Results," accessed March 9, 2014
- 2008 General Election Results
- Follow the Money's report on Joe Champion's 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money, "Champion, Bobby Joe," accessed December 21, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecards," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2013," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Taypayers League of Minnesota, "Legislative Scorecard, 2011," accessed May 15, 2014
Kari Dziedzic (DFL)
|Minnesota State Senate District 59
| Succeeded by|
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 58B
| Succeeded by|
Pat Garofalo (R)
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